10th to 12th July 2002 - Newtonmore
This was heading for the worst attended meet this year until some
late arrivals saved the day. Only 4 made it to the campsite on Friday
night, with the weather on Saturday morning perhaps illustrating why.
Richard got soaked on Beinn A'Chlachair (Laggan) before adding a
'wee Graham' in the afternoon (it was too short a day otherwise!).
Fiona opted for a low-level walk near Kingussie in a fruitless attempt
to stay dry. Bill and Kate had the best idea - they stayed in the van
until it stopped raining when they headed up the corrie on Creag
Alison and Kenny arrived on Saturday having also opted for the 'stay
in the car until it stops raining' approach before climbing the Graham
behind the campsite. Dennis was the last arrival on Saturday - again
having had a very late start to avoid the rain.
Bill and Kate were offering 'coffee and a dram' in their van on
Saturday evening, but instead a few of us headed off to Newtonmore to
the pub. Richard provided most of the evening's entertainment, with
tales of what he had spilt inside his tent over the weekend. Don't
ask to borrow Richard's tent!
Sunday dawned dry, with the forecast promising (and delivering)
glorious sunshine in the afternoon. Everyone headed off separately
to do a variety of hills in the Cairngorm, Monadhliath, Laggan area.